Remember how Mr. Obama and so many other Democrats told us that people would love Obamacare as time went on? How’s that working out?
(NY Times) Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Fifty-three percent of the uninsured disapprove of the law, the poll found, compared with 51 percent of those who have health coverage. A third of the uninsured say the law will help them personally, but about the same number think it will hurt them, with cost a leading concern.
The widespread skepticism, even among people who are supposed to benefit from the law, underscores the political challenge facing the Obama administration as it tries to persuade millions of Americans to enroll in coverage through new online marketplaces, a crucial element of making the new law financially viable for insurers.
One of the big problems with Obamacare, ie, the “Affordable” Care Act, is that having health insurance doesn’t mean one has health care. Why? Even if a person can afford the premiums, and even with subsidies (provided one is eligible) they can still be expensive, the deductibles themselves are high. Can your average person pitch out $5K, $6K, $7K, $10k or more for the actual care? And that’s just the tip of the Obamacare iceberg.
“I don’t understand it at all,” said Derrick Stapleton, 47, an independent from Peru, Ind., speaking in a follow-up interview. Mr. Stapleton, who is uninsured and out of work, said he planned to sign up for coverage before the March 31 deadline. But he added, “It sounds, from what I understand, that it might not be as affordable as they once thought.”
The heck you say! Those who wrote the bill, and Team Obama as they crafted the rules, decided that the best way to lower costs was to make sure no one could really afford to use the insurance.
Robyn Logan, 55, of Bowie, Md., is an uninsured Democrat who said poor past experiences with the health care system made her skeptical of the law’s potential. “I need to see a doctor and my fear is that even if I get insurance, I won’t be able to find one,” she said. “I was on Medicaid at one point and couldn’t find a doctor because no one would take me.”
The same will happen with the huge numbers of Americans pushed into Medicaid instead of “private” health insurance.
From the CBS story on the poll
Overall, by more than two to one Americans think the health care law will hurt them (34 percent) rather than help them (16 percent). While the uninsured are more positive than those with insurance about the law’s impact, more think the law will hurt (37 percent) rather than help (33 percent) them.
Ouch. Here’s a big point
You have a sweeping law affecting 1/6th of the US economy, touching on the lives of ever single American. It could be a light touch, it could be a heavy touch. Gobs of taxpayer money is being spent on this law. Democrats and their groups have spent gobs of money pimping it. Yet, overall, only 36% think Obamacare will make the health care system better than before. Which should tell you just how horrible this law is.
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